A new article by Richard Johnson, Queen Mary, University of London explores conflicts with the Reagan administration over the 1982 amendments to the Voting Rights Act. It pushes back against the view that Republican support can be explained by the party’s belief that the Supreme Court would strike down its most expansive provisions. The article appears in Studies in American Political Development.
Abstract: Republican support for the 1982 Voting Rights Act (VRA) extension is a puzzle for scholars of racial policy coalitions. The extension contained provisions that were manifestly antithetical to core principles of the “color-blind” policy alliance said to dominate the GOP. Recent scholarship has explained this puzzling decision by arguing that conservatives were confident that the VRA’s most objectionable provisions could be undone by the federal bureaucracy and judiciary, while absolving Republicans of the blame of being against voting rights. This article suggests that the picture is more complicated. . . . .
Read the cert petition, with the following question presented:
Petitioners are Alaskan citizens who challenged the Alaska Public Offices Commission’s (“APOC’s”) refusal to enforce Alaskan law regulating contributions to independent political action committees. APOC had defended its refusal on the basis of federal circuit court rulings that held such regulations violate the First Amendment. Petitioners had asked the Alaska courts to consider the original meaning of the First Amendment, to conclude that a majority of this Court would not affirm those circuit court decisions. The Alaska Supreme Court rejected the relevance of any argument from originalism and upheld APOC’s refusal.
The question presented in this petition is whether this Court should grant certiorari, vacate the judgment below, and remand (“GVR”) with instructions to weigh the arguments from originalism in determining whether the First Amendment permits the regulation of contributions to independent political action committees.
Minnesota Public Radio
Minnesota’s Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a case that may determine whether continuing to disenfranchise voters on parole or on probation violates the state’s constitution. The case turns on the fact that, under the Minnesota precedent, statutes and policies that have a racial disparate impact must meet heightened scrutiny to survive a constitutional challenge.
“It seems to me when you were disenfranchising just huge swaths of the population, particularly when that population are primarily people of color, who the Equal Protection Clause was a design to the very people it was designed to protect,” Hudson said. “How is that the tight fit that Russell [the Minnesota precendent] requires?”
50,000 Minnesotans with active felony records will be affected by the Minnesota Supreme Court’s decision.
by Laura W. Brill at the Civics Center shows struggles to register young voters in Arizona.
“[F]ewer than 15% of 18-year-old residents of Arizona’s most populous counties, Maricopa County and Pima County, have registered to vote.”
These trends… Continue reading
On Friday, Dec. 3, at 1:30 PM ET the Princeton Gerrymandering Project / Electoral Innovation Lab will present a virtual Academic Talk over Zoom with Edward Foley, Charles W. Ebersold and Florence Whitcomb Ebersold Chair in Constitutional Law, the Director… Continue reading
Harvard Public Opinion Project
“A national poll of America’s 18- to 29-year-olds released today by the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School indicates that a majority of young Americans believe that our democracy is “in trouble” or “failing.” While… Continue reading
This new Op Ed by Greg Sargent in the Washington Post,
highlights, once more, deficits in policy responsiveness that arises out of hyper-polarization, among other things.
Sargent highlights a new study
from the Third Way–a centrist Democratic-leaning group–that analyzes the… Continue reading
Political Wire flags this story from the Daily Beast.
“Former Trump acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker earned $400,000 last year by helping a conservative dark money group secure pardons from his former boss . . . Neither Whitaker nor the… Continue reading
Looking forward to participating in this event
of the NYC Bar:
Protecting Our Constitutional DemocracyWednesday, December 15 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Program Fee:Free for City Bar Members, NYSBA Members and Non-Lawyers | $15 for Non-Member LawyersNYSBA Members please call… Continue reading
Political Wire notes this news item from NBC News
” Wisconsin Republicans are working to discredit the bipartisan system they created to run elections in the state after President Joe Biden narrowly won last year’s presidential race, making the… Continue reading
The ACLU, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, and the A. Philip Randolph Institute are challenging Ohio’s new Republican-drawn congressional map as an illegal gerrymander. The suit
filed with the Ohio Supreme Court yesterday argues that the adopted maps… Continue reading
Manchin’s seat is not safe. And still, his version of moderation stands at odds with the views of his own constituents (not just his base). Why would voters believe their votes matter?
The Hill is reporting a new poll that… Continue reading
“Federal prosecutors have demanded the financial records of multiple fundraising organizations launched by attorney Sidney Powell after the 2020 election as part of a criminal investigation, according to a subpoena reviewed by The Washington Post.
The grand jury… Continue reading
, Editor of WisPolitics.com, reports on Twitter that the Wisconsin Supreme Court has rule “it will NOT consider partisan balance in drawing new lines for the Legislature, Congress and will make the ‘minimum changes necessary’ to the current… Continue reading
Anna Massoglia reports on NRA’s financial difficulties at Open Secrets.
“The NRA faces a lawsuit from the New York attorney general to dissolve its main 501(c)(4) lobbying arm following the attorney general’s investigation of corruption charges that unearthed “inappropriate spending,”… Continue reading